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New clocks feature four-legged friends, Christmas carols

BY Allison Cerra

TOLEDO, Ohio — Mark Feldstein and Associates has introduced a new line of holiday clocks that feature images captured by animal photographer Keith Kimberlin.

The Keith Kimberlin puppy and kitty Christmas carol clocks are 8-in. clock dials that feature puppy and kitten images and 12 traditional carols, one played at the top of each hour.

“Keith Kimberlin brings happy feelings and smiles into people’s lives with the images he creates, and we are pleased to have been asked by him to reflect this on two of our clocks,” MFA president Mark Feldstein said. “The Keith Kimberlin Christmas carol clocks combine our love for puppies and kittens with traditional carols, which are certain to enhance the joy of the holiday season year after year.”

The Keith Kimberlin puppy and kitty Christmas carol clocks carry a suggested retail price of $11.95.

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ShopperTrak mobile app offers retailers access to key data on the go

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK — Retailers that are looking to access their store sales and foot traffic now can do so anywhere and anytime with a new, free mobile application from ShopperTrak.

ShopperTrak said its new mobile app provides retailers with remote access to the following data — key metrics, hourly performance and ShopperTrak Power Hours — which are displayed in an easy-to-navigate graph enhanced by charts. Additionally, the app also provides free weekly foot traffic reports for five major U.S. markets for non-ShopperTrak customers.

“The ShopperTrak mobile application is the first of its kind,” ShopperTrak chief marketing officer Ed Marcheselli said. “We’re thrilled to provide one more tool retailers can use to improve their conversion rates and better understand their business. This kind of information is already available to ShopperTrak Managed Service customers. But now, they have all the information they need about specific stores in their pockets and organized in an easy-to-understand way.”

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NRF projects growth for retail industry

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK — Retail industry sales are expected to rise, albeit not at the same pace as 2011, according to the National Retail Federation.

Retail industry sales will rise 3.4% to $2.53 trillion, NRF said, compared with a pace of 4.7% in the year-ago period. The expected slowdown in consumer spending, NRF said, will be influenced by a number of factors, including stalled unemployment rate and lack of newly-created jobs. But despite the lower projection, the industry is expected to garner stronger numbers than other industries, NRF said.

“Over the last 18 months, retailers have been on the forefront of the economic recovery — creating jobs, encouraging consumer spending, and investing in America,” NRF president and CEO Matthew Shay said. “Our 2012 forecast is a vote of confidence in the retail industry and our ability to succeed even in a challenging economy. Retailers have played a key role in driving growth, but to continue this momentum we need Washington to act on proposals that will spur job creation and unleash the power of the private sector.”

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